Season’s Readings Winter Reading Program

Celebrate the winter by reading! Youth ranging in age from birth to 17 are invited to participate in our Winter Reading Program!
Participants may visit the library to pick up a Season’s Readings record. Each record has strips of paper for you to write the titles of books you read between December 1, 2020 and February 26, 2021. Fill in your name and phone number on the back of the slips of paper. Once you’ve completed an entire page of strips, bring it back to the library.
Each completed strip will be added to our Season’s Readings paper chain at the library; and will be entered to win a grand prize! Grand prizes include two Amazon Kindles and $25 Target gift cards. Participants may complete as many strips as they would like between December 1, 2020 and February 26, 2021.
Participants may only have one record at a time. On March 1, 2021 there will be a Facebook Live event where we randomly select eight strips from the chain as the grand prize winners of the program! Each participant can only win one grand prize.

Virtual Book Clubs

While public gatherings remain limited, librarians are still leading lively book discussion groups on Zoom!  The library offers 6 different groups that discuss a variety of genres.  Participants can pick up a copy of the book for most of the groups at the Check Out desk a few weeks before the discussion; some books may also be found in digital format.

To come to a group, register for it on the Adult Upcoming Events page.  You’ll receive an email confirmation containing a Zoom link.  When the meeting starts, just click on the link in your email.  You do not need to have Zoom software on your computer.  To participate fully, you will need a web camera and a microphone; if you do not, you will be able to see and hear the discussion, but not be seen or heard.

Cover of Tuesday Mooney Talks to GhostsMonday Morning Book Group

Meets the first Monday of the month at 11:00 am to discuss popular recent books.  On Monday, January 4, discuss Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia.



Cover of Giver of StarsThursday Book Club

Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm to discuss popular recent books.  On Thursday, January 14, discuss The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes.



Cover of the Mill on the FlossRead the Classics Book Club

Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 to discuss classical and award winning literature.  On Tuesday, January 19, discuss The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot.



Copy of Deacon King KongDiverse Voices Book Club

Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00 to discuss books from authors who have been historically sidelined due to discrimination.  On Thursday, January 21, discuss Deacon King Kong by James McBride.



Cover of Night TigerTreat Your Shelf Book Club

Meets the last Monday of each month at 6:30 pm to discuss popular recent books.  On Monday, December 28, discuss The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo.


December 11, 2020 – COVID-19 Service Update


While Portage County has returned to Level 3 ‘Red’ for the last several weeks, the library will continue in our current limited service model due to increased cases in Ohio. Please see below for latest safety measures and recommendations during our Library Express phase. We look forward to resuming all regular library activities in person when it is safe to do so.


December 11, 2020: Due to the fact that Portage County remains at a Level 4 ‘Purple’ for a second week please note the following in order to keep library staff and community members safe:

  • The library building will remain open for computer use, Wi-Fi use, and browsing. Patrons are asked to limit their visit to one hour.
  • Whenever possible, send just one member of your household to the library.
  • For contactless service, utilize self-pick up of holds and self-checkout in the lobby.
  • Place holds online, on the phone, through live chat, or by email and pick up at the drive-thru window.
  • Masks are required at the drive-thru window.
  • Anyone uncomfortable using the drive-thru window may continue to use curbside pickup.
  • Patrons who need to print may speak with a librarian to request pick up and payment for printed materials at the drive-thru window.
  • Food is limited to the café area only.
  • Winter Reading materials for the Youth Services Department are available to pick up and drop off at the drive-thru window.
  • Kits for Youth and Adult Services Department programs may be picked up at the drive-thru window.
  • Masks and social distancing are required inside the building at all times.
  • Library programs will continue in virtual format; check the event calendar for details.

We look forward to the day when we can resume all regular library activities.

For the most up-to-date information about library services please check our website or Facebook page. Contact the library Director with any questions or concerns.


December 8, 2020: The library building is currently open for walk-in browsing and borrowing. Self-checkout is encouraged. Computer use remains limited to one hour per day. Masks are required and patrons are asked to limit their visit to one hour per day.

Patrons are encouraged to continue taking advantage of reserving items online and picking them up using contact-free options including Curbside Pickup or the Drive-Thru Window. You may return items 24/7 at the drive-thru return or the exterior return bins near the parking lot entrance.

Please note the following updates:

  • If you or a member of your immediate household are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or recently tested positive for COVID-19, please do not return your items to the library. Please email [email protected] for assistance if you receive overdue notices while quarantining due to a COVID-19 illness.
  • Due to the end of Daylight Savings Time, starting on Monday, December 14th:
    • Delivery to vehicles for Curbside Pickup will end at 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
    • Arriving after 5:30 p.m.? Please use the Drive-Thru Window to pick up items.
  • Due to the risk of inclement weather and to keep our staff safe this winter:
    • The Curbside Pickup procedure is subject to change. You will receive instructions from library staff after you call the library from one of the marked curbside spaces in the parking lot.

Visit the events page at for complete virtual program information.

December: Holiday Programs

The Youth Services librarians will offer several virtual programs to get ready for the holiday. Registration is required for each and begins one week in advance. Attendees will receive an email containing a Zoom link and password and a list of any supplies needed to participate. Please try to log in five to seven minutes prior to the program to make sure your technology is working.

Holiday Craft SuppliesHoliday Tales and Treats
Tuesdays, December 1, 8, and 15 at 4:00 pm
Children entering kindergarten through 2nd grade are invited to a holiday edition of Virtual Tales and Treats! Grab a snack, some drawing supplies, and get ready for a great holiday tale, Ryan Tubridy’s The First Christmas Sweater.

Books and Cooks
Monday, December 14 at 4:00 pm
Children ages 6 to 12 can make Puppy Chow!


Elf School
December 14 through the 18
Preschool through 3rd grade can master the skills it takes to be an elf with new training videos released each day at 4:00 pm on the library’s Facebook page & YouTube channel! The final Elf School will be a live Zoom meeting with a holiday costume contest, presentation of participants’ official elf name, and more!

Holiday Story Time Live on Facebook
Tuesday, December 15 at 7:00 pm
Visit our Facebook page to watch our LIVE holiday story time! Enjoy songs, stories, flannel boards and even a visit from Santa!

Ready, Set, Art!
Wednesday, December 16 at 6:30 pm
Students in kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to create two different pop-up cards! Registrants will receive a list of supplies they’ll need to collect.

Make and Take Craft Kit
Beginning Monday, December 7
Families with children in 6th grade and under can stop by the Children’s Room to pick up a craft kit to take home! Choose from a Christmas option or a seasonal option. Kits are available on a first come first serve basis.

New Year’s Eve Family Fun Pack
Beginning Monday, December 21
Families with children in 6th grade and under are invited to pick up a New Year’s Eve Fun Pack in the Children’s Room! Packs will include noise makers, a craft, a fun recipe and other supplies to make your New Year’s Eve a blast! Packs are available on a first come first serve basis.

Season’s Readings: Winter Reading Program
December 1, 2020 – February 26, 2021
Celebrate the winter by reading! Participants from birth to age 17 are invited to participate in our Winter Reading Program!

Participants may visit the library to pick up a Winter Reading Record. Each record has strips of paper for you to write the titles of books you read. Fill in your name and phone number on the back of the slips of paper. Once you’ve completed an entire page of strips, bring it back to the library. Participants may complete as many strips as they would like, but may only have one (1) record at a time.

Each completed strip will be added to our Season’s Readings Paper Chain at the library; and will be entered to win a grand prize! Winners will be randomly selected from the paper chain during a Facebook Live event on March 1, 2021. Grand Prizes include an Amazon Kindle and $25 Target gift cards. Each participant can only win one (1) Grand Prize.

Monday, November 2: Regular Library Hours Resume

clock showing 9:00Starting Monday, November 2, the library will resume regular hours, which are:

Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Hours had been shortened an hour during the week and the library had not had Sunday hours since reopening after the March closure due to Covid-19.

The library will continue to operate under “Express” service, which means that patrons are encouraged to spend no more than one hour in the building per day, and computer use is also limited to one hour. All soft seating has been removed and remaining seating has been configured for social distancing. Conference and study rooms are not available. As per state and city mandates, masks are required by all patrons and staff while in the building.

Wednesdays at 4:00 pm: Minecraft Streaming on Zoom

Minecraft worldStudents in grades 1 through 6 can help us create our own Minecraft world. Participants will teach Miss Caylee, a complete Minecraft beginner, how to set things up and have input as to how she plays the game.

Registration is required on the Youth Upcoming Events page for each week’s program.  You will receive an email at 4:00 pm the afternoon of the program containing a Zoom link and password to join the virtual program. We suggest logging in five to seven minutes prior to the start time to make sure your technology is working.

2020 Kent Free Library Pumpkin Showcase

Jack O LanternsPatrons of all ages are invited to participate in the 2020 Kent Free Library Pumpkin Showcase! Send a photo of your carved or decorated pumpkin to [email protected] by Friday, October 23, 2020 to enter. Include the participant’s full name (first and last), if the creator is an adult or child, and a phone number. All photo submissions will be showcased on the Kent Free Library’s social media during the week of October 26 – October 31, 2020.

December 26: Last Day for Acme Community Cashback Receipts

If you’ve been saving your Acme receipts that show Community Cashback for purchases of selected products, now is the time to bring them in!  Receipts must be dated on or before December 26 to be valid.  We will continue to collect receipts for a few days after the 26th.  Return receipts at the Check Out Desk.

Last year we earned $716.44, which helped expand our Board Game Collection!

Eligible brands:

Monday, July 27: SearchOhio Reopens for Requests

When libraries closed due to the pandemic in March, SearchOhio also ceased operations.  SearchOhio is a statewide service that connects dozens of libraries together in order to allow patrons access to over 10 million items.  Patrons may search for items in the consortia catalog, place holds, and request to have materials delivered to their home library within a couple weeks.

SearchOhio is a great way to get items that are not available within the Portage Library Consortia, especially because it includes many large systems, including Cuyahoga County Public Library, Akron-Summit County Public Library, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Warren-Trumbull County Library, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Toledo Public Library, and more.


Monday, June 22: Library Express Phase Begins

Library Reopens to Public with Precautions

On June 22, the library will transition from curbside pickup to Library Express service. We are excited to welcome the community back inside the library. During this phase, the building will reopen to the public with precautions in place to promote the continued safety of the community and library staff. Limited and essential library services will be available. This is the next step in our gradual return to full service.

Library Hours:

9:00 to 10:00 am each day is reserved for senior citizens and other high-risk visitors.

Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed

The library will maintain curbside service for those uncomfortable entering the library.  The drive-thru window will reopen for hold pick up.

Stay Safe Guidelines When Visiting the Library:

We encourage responsible use of the library that will help everyone stay safe.

• Limit your visit to essential library tasks and stay no longer than one hour
• Masks are required indoors in the City of Kent
• Stay at home if you, or someone in your household, is sick or has COVID-19 symptoms
• Enter the library using the parking lot entrance
• Main Street entrance will be exit only
• Follow social distancing floor decals and signs at public service desks
• Keep a distance of at least 6 feet from others
• Use hand sanitizing stations
• Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult
• Building capacity is limited to 150 people, including staff, at one time
• Sanitizing wipes are available for public computers

Services Available:

  • Get a library card
  • Browse and check out library materials
  • Pick up holds – NEW self-serve hold pick up inside lobby
  • Return library materials
  • Make copies and scan documents
  • Use a computer – limited to one, one hour session per day
  • Use self-checkout to check on account, pay fines, or borrow materials
  • Drop off Summer Reading Adventure prize entries
  • Read newspapers and magazines
  • Speak to staff in-person about your account, to place holds, or to ask questions
  • Request 3D printing service
  • Library @Your Door service will begin Thursday, July 2

The Following Services Are Unavailable at This Time:

  • In-person programs
  • Study, conference, or meeting room use or reservations
  • Office supplies for patron use (stapler, scissors, tape, pens, pencils, paperclips)
  • Library telephones for patron use
  • Toys, puzzles, puppets, game computers, or play spaces in Children’s Room
  • One on one assistance at computers, with devices, or at copiers and printers
  • Water fountains
  • Donations of books or other library materials

Decisions about when the library will resume in-person programs will be made as more information becomes available from local and state officials and it is deemed safe to do so.

Safety Measures Put in Place by the Library:

  • Staff is required to wear masks
  • Staff perform a daily self-assessment of symptoms, including temperature, and do not report to work if sick
  • Returned library materials are quarantined for 72 hours
  • Protective barriers have been installed at public service desks
  • Social distancing floor decals have been installed
  • Increased sanitizing of high touch surfaces and common areas
  • Computers have been removed or rearranged to allow appropriate social distance
  • Furniture has been removed or rearranged to promote social distancing

Amendment to the Patron Behavior Policy:

Behavior that is deemed as threatening others with exposure to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) virus, or other pandemics, will result in eviction from the library and could be subject to criminal charges under Ohio law.

Approved by the Board of Trustees on June 11, 2020

Curbside Service

To use Curbside Service, first, place the materials you would like on Hold. Holds may be placed using the library’s catalog or mobile app; by calling the library or emailing your requests to [email protected]; by using our new chat service, available in the lower right corner of our homepage during library hours; or using our new recommendations form, which is useful if you don’t have any specific titles in mind.

Second, watch your account or wait for a phone, email, or text notice that your holds are available.  You have seven days from when you are notified to pick up your holds.

Third, arrive at the library at least 15 minutes before closing and park in one of the marked spaces in the parking lot. Call the library at 330-673-4414 option 5 and provide your name, last four digits of library card number, and parking spot number. Then open your trunk.

Once you are back in your vehicle, a library staff member will bring a bag with your holds to your vehicle and place them in the trunk. If your trunk is not open, staff will leave the bag next to your vehicle. For your safety, and the safety of our staff, we ask that you remain in your vehicle while staff is delivering your items. If you do not have a cell phone, please call before leaving home and provide an estimated time of arrival.

If you walk or bicycle to the library or ride the bus, wait by the bench to the right of the parking lot entrance and call the library. A staff member will bring your bag outside for you to retrieve once the staff member has reentered the building.

Please note that staff will not be able to accept your returns—please use the drive through or the return bins to the left of the parking lot doors. Staff also cannot accept money for fines at curbside; if you cannot come into the building, please pay fines using your online account at this time.